Thinking of Varicose Vein Treatment? Then Recovery is on Your Mind!
- Posted on: Sep 30 2017
Varicose veins are a problem that may be much more easily managed and treated today than in years past. Patients have a variety of therapies to choose from. One of the primary objectives of the consultation process is to assess the severity of venous insufficiency and discuss the most appropriate method of care. An important aspect of treatment planning is understanding what happens after the selected course of therapy. Two common treatments for varicose veins used today are ambulatory phlebectomy and endovenous laser treatment. Here, we take a look at what recovery looks like for both.
Ambulatory Phlebectomy & Endovenous Laser Treatment
Procedure time for both ambulatory phlebectomy and endovenous laser treatment is typically no more than an hour. In such instances, treatment is then conducted in the office or accredited surgery center. There are cases in which a longer surgery is necessary. This may require an overnight stay in the same hospital as the surgery.
We encourage patients who undergo an outpatient procedure for varicose veins to spend the remaining part of their surgery day resting. Sensation such as mild burning or stinging may develop as anesthetic subsides, but comfort should be relatively easy to maintain with over-the-counter medication.
Recommendations for Recovery
One of the important steps in recovery from varicose vein treatment is the routine wear of compression stockings. You should wear these garments at all times for the first few days after surgery. You can take them off before sleep and before showering. We also encourage patients to move frequently in order to promote good circulation through the extremities that need the nutrients and oxygen delivered via the blood.
Timing and comfort are two of the primary questions that patients have prior to vein treatment, and many also want to know when they will be able to resume their normal exercise regimen. Inactivity could lead to venous insufficiency, but too much activity too soon after vein treatment could inhibit healing. For the first two weeks after ambulatory phlebectomy or endovenous laser treatment, one of the best things a patient can do is walk. Long walks aren’t a necessity; just a few hundred yards a few times a day promotes circulation for a healthy recovery.
Schedule a Consultation
Patients of our Columbia vein clinic have a number of treatment options to resolve issues related to venous insufficiency. To learn more, call (803) 253-8667.